One-Third of Mexicans would migrate [legally and illegally] to U.S., survey finds

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Rafael Romo
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Article date: 
27 August 2014
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National News
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A new survey about preferences and trends in Mexico concludes that one out of every three Mexicans would migrate to the United States if given the opportunity. The survey published Tuesday by the Washington-based Pew Research Center also says that of the 34% of Mexicans who indicated they would like to move to the U.S., 17% "would do so without authorization," meaning without legal documents.

Katie Simmons, senior researcher at the Pew Research Center, says that attitude has changed little in the past five years ...

Fast facts: Immigration statistics

Legal Immigration Statistics:
2013 - 990,553 people are granted lawful permanent residence in the United States. Approximately 40% of these "green card" recipients, or LPRs, were born in Asia, while about 32% were born in North America. The top countries of origin are:

-- Mexico (14%)

-- China (7.2%)

-- India (6.9%)

-- Philippines (5.5%)

-- Dominican Republic (4.2%)

Unaccompanied Alien Children:
"Unaccompanied alien children" (UAC -- term used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection) referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, for care while their immigration cases are adjudicated:

-- FY2014 - 60,000 (estimate)

-- FY2013 - 24,668

-- FY2012 - 14,721

The budget for the (UAC) program:
-- FY2014 - $911 million

-- FY2013 - $376 million

-- FY2012 - $278 million

About 73% of UAC are boys (FY2013).

About 76% of UAC are between 14 and 18 years old (FY2013).